From sourcing to production to branding, our decisions reflect our values:
respect for workers, our environment, and our diverse global community.
We work with leading European suppliers to meet an uncompromising commitment to a responsible global supply chain. We don't just work with suppliers that are compliant - where we can, we work with the pioneers in quality and sustainability - the people who are moving the industry in the right direction.
Fabric dyeing can be one of the polluting activities in fashion. Our 400+ year old wool mill in Biella, Italy is a leader in water conservation and purification, ensuring only clean water re-enters the streams, which hasn't always been the case for all mills, even in Europe. We rest easy knowing that the beautiful colors in Citizen's Mark blazers we're dyed responsibly.
Check your closet: a lot of lining, even at the premium price point, is made of polyester. It's sweaty, low-quality and almost never biodegrades. Check a properly made Burberry coat on the other hand, and you'll likely see cupro, a luxuriously soft "oh wow this is so luscious" fabric that's also super sustainable. Made of 100% cotton seed, cupro is breathable, biodegradable and makes our blazers feel like a dream.
Power usage is another heavy environmental strain put on by the fashion industry. Our factory partner in Portugal now sources 50% of its power from its photovoltaic solar panels - up from 30% last year. Of course, it's also a respected leader in social responsibility, providing training, living wages, and health care coverage to its employees.
We wouldn't go this far and give you another high-fashion model staring blankly into space! Our models are women in the community we admire - to the right, Rebeca, international arbitration attorney, and on our home page, Sandra, tech project manager. We work hard with our photographers to make sure they're captured as they are - full of substance and gravitas. The world needs more images of the credible woman.
In 2018, we're launching Better Than Silk, a sustainable and machine-washable fabric that will rival your silk blouse.